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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616407158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616407155
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., an internationally known authority on life stories, is Professor of Human Development and Religious Studies and director of the Life Story Commons at the University of Southern Maine.

After his B.A. from Southampton College of Long Island University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from SUNY, Cooperstown, his journeys took him to the Hudson River where he was a crew member on the maiden voyage of the sloop Clearwater with Pete Seeger. Next was Woodstock, then a stay in a cabin in the woods near the river, a visit with Ramblin' Jack Elliott to Arlo Guthrie's farm in the Berkshires, a fateful meeting with Joseph Campbell, an extended stay in a Franciscan monastery, and finally he returned to Southampton College to teach a course on folk-rock lyrics as poetry. The full details of all this and more can be found in his memoir of that period, Remembering 1969: Searching For the Eternal in Changing Times.

His first book - Songs of the Open Road: The Poetry of Folk Rock and the Journey of the Hero (1974, NAL/Signet; out of print, but still available here) - was a result of that first college course he taught. His second master's degree is from the University of New Hampshire in Counseling, and his Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania in cross-cultural human development. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Chicago, which resulted in the publication of The Teenage World, co-authored with his mentors.

At the University of Southern Maine, he has been the first Diversity Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development, a co-founding faculty of the Russell Scholars Program, a residential learning community, and a co-founding faculty of the Religious Studies minor, as well as a faculty member on the fall 2002 Semester at Sea voyage around the world. The Gift of Stories has been translated into Japanese, and The Life Story Interview into Italian and Romanian. His latest book is "Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul's Story" (Cosimo, 2012). He is online at www.RobertAtkinson.net



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Atkinson tells a story that letting go is necessary to reach out.
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
In this book, the author proposes a different way of seeing an experience, it is seen as a special form of a story, which he calls a sacred story.
Bani Sodermark
I've read it multiple times, from front, back, and random points on its pages.
Phyllis E. Ring

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mystic Journey-Getting To The Heart Of Your Soul's Story by
Robert Atkinson points toward a lifelong quest for timeless
patterns through which we discover our unique identity and
connection to others. Only then can we identify who we are
and reclaim a spiritual heritage uniquely personal and
worthy of emulation.

The book explains that there is a defined path to God.
First, there is an awakening into a consciousness beyond
the temporal world of the here and now. The purification
or purging of human imperfections is next. Illumination
takes us from a self-centered to a Creator centered world.
The next state is the dark night of the soul which leads
to death and surrender. The last state is the union with God.
This union makes us one for eternity. Therefore, our life
here on earth is merely a platform for the eventual ascent
of the soul.

Atkinson explains that the nature of transformation is
breaking down or disintegrating the old and building
the new. Transformation allows us to access the hidden
mysteries of life itself. Myth and ritual both define
and facilitate a process of transformation. Myth is an
instructional story about transformation. Ritual is an
enactment of the transformation. A transformation can be
a synthesis and union of seemingly separate parts that can
come together in a complementary fashion. Wholeness is a
concept to be embraced and internalized as a goal.

The presentation sets forth three steps to practical soul-making.
The first step involves remembering who we are and reclaiming
our own spiritual origin. The second step is to re-envision our
life experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bani Sodermark VINE VOICE on December 19, 2012
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Quintessential questions: "Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going? Is there a God?" These questions have for long been the domain of religion/philosophy and the institutions/ policymakers that govern them. That stranglehold of control is fast losing its grip as more and more people are asking these existential questions, independent of a deity/religion and demanding forthright answers. This book attempts to answer some of these queries by proposing a framework that is independent of religious dogma, being based on the very personal experiences of :

1) remembering who we are,
2) revisioning our lives in a timeless pattern, and finally,
3) reclaiming our spiritual heritage.

When we speak of experiences, we usually see them in the light of duality, e.g.happy or sad, good or bad, and so on. In this book, the author proposes a different way of seeing an experience, it is seen as a special form of a story, which he calls a sacred story. By this, he means that one focuses attention on the wholeness behind the duality. Just as every story has a beginning, a middle and a resolution, a sacred story is defined as a situation that starts with an experience of separation from wholeness, a transformation as a result of the above into a more unified frame of mind, and finally an integration into a greater wholeness as a resolution of the duality experience. By seeing the experience as a resolution of duality, one intuits the passage of the soul through the shadowy world of material consciousness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis E. Ring on December 26, 2013
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This book is now part of the collection of those I use in reflection each day. I've read it multiple times, from front, back, and random points on its pages. As I travel the path that leads away from the mind I've made up and what I've come to believe about self and story, this reminds me, invitingly, of what is waiting patiently in each of us, forged from and enveloped in love, and ready to help us take that next step in our own evolution, and the world's. The author's deep understanding of the nature of transformation, of integration, of the vital roles of breakdown and of the building of the good, and of the mystic power and treasure that willing surrender helps uncover are all much-valued companionship on this reader's journey.
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still reading this & will, when finished, start at the beginning & reread........
received in excellent condition.....on time.......
...will recommend often to retired friends who are searching
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